2006 Pontiac G5 Pursuit GT 2.4


It's a great car that runs well and is fun to drive - and it performs well in a heavy winter


The tires fit tightly in the wheel wells. A lot of snow collects and I need to chip it out with my snow brush (as my foot won't fit to kick it out) every few days, otherwise it rubs on the tires.

General Comments:

Zippy little car for the price. Compared to all other lower-end cars I've driven, acceleration just feels... effortless. Accelerating from any speed doesn't feel like you're asking any more of the car than a gentle acceleration from a low speed. The car is both fast (top speed ~208kph) and quick.

Corners like it's bolted to the road.

The sport suspension definitely makes a difference on poorly maintained roads - the car drives more like a car and less like a waterbed. Accelerating on bumpy roads is smooth instead of the drive wheels losing contact, spinning freely, then spinning out.

Four wheel disc brakes. The ABS on all four wheels is definitely a bonus on ice. The only thing limiting your stopping power in summer is your rubber.

The car is bright red. Definitely turns some heads... Unfortunately it's mostly from the police.

It takes a while for the thermostat to open and start circulating coolant, meaning on anything less than a twenty five minute to half hour drive you don't even begin to get any heat out of the vents. When it gets below ~-30C (-22F) the CD player stops working until the car heats up a bit (~15 minutes).

The car is now eight years old. The interior still looks pristine, besides some of the silver finish having flaked off of some of the plastic on the arm rests and shift knob.

Radio stations sound pretty unexciting, but decent quality MP3s burned to CD sound pretty good on the 7-speaker Pioneer system with dual-coil sub. (Certainly no worse than my previous vehicle, which had a 9 channel EQ, 225w 4-channel amp for the interior speakers with separate tweeters, and 15" L7 kicker. Just a bit less bass-y.)

Even without the block heater plugged in, the car has started down to -45C (-50F) after about 14 hours sitting without so much as a nasty groan.

Short throw shifter and short clutch is fun when you're really giving 'er. In heavy traffic you definitely notice the clutch is pretty stiff and requires a lot of force to keep on the floor. First gear is also pretty peppy, so stop and go traffic becomes a bit of a chore when the car keeps wanting to take off on you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2013

2006 Pontiac G5 Pursuit 2.2


Cheap. Crap. Gone


Minor wear & tear items such as brake pads etc.

Driver's door handle broke.

Driver's seat adjustment broke.

General Comments:

You get what you pay for I suppose; cheaply made, cheap to buy. The automatic transmission was easily the worst I've ever used; I think GM borrowed the microprocessor used to control the gear changes from an old pocket calculator; it would pick gears seemingly at random any time you pressed the gas pedal at anything over, say, 60kmh. The Pursuit name was presumably a joke, as the car would have trouble pursuing a reasonably healthy jogger up the street. I've seen more power and performance from a 1400cc engine in Europe, but that's GM for you; they love their museum piece engineering.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th June, 2011

15th Jun 2011, 21:11

What you got was basically a Cobalt, but these issues sound typical for most GMs. Hasty designs and cheap engineering.

15th Jun 2011, 21:58

"that's GM for you; they love their museum piece engineering."

- One of the many reasons that GM hit the skids.

16th Jun 2011, 20:51

I bought a 2010 Cobalt 2LT, it wasn't too bad at first. However the fit and finish for a 24,000 sticker price car is highway robbery. I find new faults appearing in the shoddy build quality every day, but I paid too much for it, and to trade, I would lose big, since I have a loan for it.

2nd Jul 2014, 04:31

If it's so disappointing, why did you say "I don't know if I would buy another"?